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Dilemmas of Democracy in Latin America Crises and Opportunity

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ISBN-10: 0742530329

ISBN-13: 9780742530324

Edition: 2005

Authors: Howard J. Wiarda, Esther M. Skelley

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This balanced, clear study explores why democracy in Latin America is so troubled, and why U.S. policy in the area so often goes astray. Howard Wiarda argues that because Latin America was built on a different basis than the United States and has a different history, political culture, and social foundation, it cannot possibly imitate the U.S. model of democracy. Indeed, U.S. policy in Latin America goes astray not just through neglect but through misunderstanding. Ultimately, the author argues, it is only with a renewed and respectful U.S. policy approach-one that includes engaging with the myriad histories and cultures of the region-can the United States hope to encourage a strong and…    
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Book details

List price: $39.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/4/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Democracy Ascendant?
Overviews and Interpretations
Latin America in Comparative Perspective
Three Paradigms for Interpreting Latin America
Civil Society in Latin America
Human Rights in Latin America
Country and Regional Cases
The Dilemmas of Democracy in the Dominican Republic: A Paradigm for All of Latin America?
Venezuela and Argentina: Development and Disintegration
Cuba and Marxism-Leninism
Democracy and U.S. Policy in the Caribbean Basin
Policy Implications
Reassessing U.S. Policy in Latin America
Neoliberalism and Its Problems
Transitions to Democracy-or Something Less Than That?
Conclusion: Democracy and Its Uncertain Future
Suggested Readings
Index